Marthélize Tredoux: Closing out 2016

The end of year in sight, it would be easy to take a page out of the Grumpy Sod’s Handbook and indulge in a little moaning and groaning. As I get older, the tiredness and despondency associated with the final quarter seems to get stronger and more prevalent every year. Perhaps it’s because as I […]

December 21, 2016
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Marthélize Tredoux: On the problem of the epithet that is “female”

Because the year hasn’t been filled with enough insanity, I’d like to up the ante by poking what might turn out to be a little hornet’s nest (depending on how frisky you all are feeling). This week, Vinepair published a piece by Vicki Denig “Why I Hate Female Sommeliers And So Should You”. Uh oh. […]

December 1, 2016
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Marthélize Tredoux: Is rosé really worth taking seriously?

I have previously written about my loathing-turned-loving relationship with rosé wines. And for the past few years I have genuinely loved drinking pink. I prefer to think that the rekindling of my relationship with rosé began before the popular resurgence, but honestly I’m not sure. Perhaps I was influenced by the deluge of promoted pinks […]

November 16, 2016
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Marthélize Tredoux: It’s not all bad news

It feels like everyone I know is collectively suffering from that special brand of fatigue that sets in around October. End-of-year-itis. My mind keeps conjuring up an image of a wet rag being wound up tightly and every last drop wrung out. That sums up what this year is doing to me right now. I’m […]

October 31, 2016
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Marthélize Tredoux: Who drinks what and why?

I spend a lot of time thinking about discrepancies in the wine industry. Things I observe that seem like gaps – gaps in reasoning, or practice, or simply in attitude. Some on the part of producers, some on the side of the customers (or consumers – which word are we using this week?). Sometimes even […]

October 14, 2016
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Marthélize Tredoux: Is the SA wine industry too segmented?

We came. We listened. But where does that leave us in terms of innovation? That’s the question I have been asking myself after the WineLands “Igniting Innovation” seminar last week. Before we get into that, a quick overview of the day’s speakers and discussions, to create some context. Both key-note speakers were superb. Dr. Morné […]

September 27, 2016
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Marthélize Tredoux: A little less conversation, a little more action

Innovate (verb): Make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas or products. In about two weeks’ time, representatives from all walks of the wine industry will descend upon Spier for this year’s Adams & Adams Wineland Seminar. The 2016 topic is “Igniting Innovation”. As per the introduction on the website: “This year’s…seminar […]

September 9, 2016
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Marthélize Tredoux: On SA wine’s aversion to change

Today, I am going to make an observation, elaborate about it a little bit and then I am going to leave the floor open to you. I want you to prove my observation wrong. To tell me I’m mad. Blind. Living on another planet. I want you show me that the slices of the industry […]

August 25, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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